(ANDERSON, SC). In Anderson General Sessions Court today the Honorable D. Garrison Hill sentenced Robert John Hurl on multiple charges related to the murder last July of Hurl’s estranged wife. Hurl pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 40 years for murder, 30 years each on two counts of attempted murder and 10 years for unlawful conduct towards a child. All sentences are to be served concurrently. 


On July 19, 2013, Brenda Hurl went to the home where Robert Hurl was staying to pick up the couple’s 10 year old son. An argument ensued and the child ran upstairs. The owner of the home, a friend and co-worker of the defendant’s, went downstairs to try to intervene. Hurl then shot Brenda Hurl multiple times in the head. James Jody Jones was also shot multiple times and taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for surgery. He did survive the shooting. Hurl also shot at Jones’ girlfriend but she was uninjured. Brenda Hurl was pronounced dead at the scene. Hurl later gave a video statement to law enforcement admitting to the murder.  


“Robert Hurl violently murdered not only his estranged wife, but the mother of his own child.  His actions have left that child without a mother and inflicted great emotional trauma which no child should have to endure,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “Our prayers are with the child and the other victims in this case as they recover from an incrediblyvicious crime.”



(Walhalla, SC). An Oconee County jury found 17 year-old Laquavius “Quay” Cleveland guilty today of Attempted Murder and weapons charges. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Cleveland to 22 years in prison on the Attempted Murder charge with 5 years consecutive on the Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime charge.  


In July of 2013, the defendant and the victim, the defendant’s cousin, met at Cleveland’s house to discuss the purchase of a handgun and some marijuana by the defendant. The defendant got in the car with the victim to examine the gun. After looking at the gun, Cleveland got out of the car and went to the back yard to test fire the weapon. Cleveland returned the gun to the victim and then entered the house and armed himself with a knife. When he returned to the car, Cleveland began stabbing his cousin. The victim was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he remained for four days due to the multiple life-threatening stab wounds he received. The defendant fled the scene but was arrested later the same night. 


“The reckless actions of Laquavius Cleveland nearly resulted in the death of his cousin,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “While the defendant was 16 at the time, he committed a serious and violent crime that was deserving of today’s verdict and sentence.  Fortunately, the victim did survive and we pray for his continued recovery.” 



(Anderson, SC). DeAngelo Sanchez Gantt pleaded guilty in an Alford plea today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter following jury selection and motion hearings that were conducted on Monday. The Honorable J. Mark Hayes, II, sentenced Gantt to 25 years suspended to 12 years in prison with 5 years of probation to follow. By pleading under North Carolina. v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), although Gantt does not admit to guilt, he does concede that the State has sufficient evidence to convict.  


On February 16, 2012, Redmond Donald was found lying on his back at Kennedy and E. Hampton St. in Anderson. Donald had been shot 5 times and died at the scene.  


“The evidence in this case fully supports today’s guilty plea,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “This plea and the sentence handed down by Judge Hayes takes a violent man off the streets of our community and ensures he will spend more than a decade in prison.”


(Anderson, SC). Jamal Watt was returned to Anderson General Sessions Court today for sentencing on Attempted Murder, Assault & Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature and Resisting Arrest. Watt had been convicted of the charges on June 18th but had failed to return to court. The Honorable Edward Welmaker sentenced Watt at that time but sealed the sentence until the defendant was taken into custody. Law enforcement apprehended Watt in Seneca on June 27, 2014 and returned him to the Anderson County Detention Center. The Honorable Cordell Maddox read the sentence today which was issued by Judge Welmaker. Watt was sentenced to 135 months in prison.  


The incident for which Watt was sentenced took place on February 16, 2013 at T. J. Whispers in Anderson, SC.